The Associated Press
27. August 2018 – 2:19 pm
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University has NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and fellowship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday.
Six of Johnson's grandchildren unveiled the statue during a Saturday ceremony on the West Virginia State campus in Institute.
The university also awarded a scholarship in Johnson's name to two students, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Johnson turned 1
Johnson and three other women crunched numbers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. They worked in the pre-computer age and calculated rocket trajectories and orbits for the earliest American spaceflights.
Johnson was featured in the book and 2016 movie "Hidden Figures".